This is the second question that a journlist recently asked us that I thought other people might find interesting or have opinions on.
The worldwide fixie craze has its roots in New York when bicycle couriers in the late 80’s and early 90’s all started riding fixed wheel bicycles because they were easier to maintain and didn’t break down. From there it has spread all over the world with large fixie communities in London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Toyko and Melbourne. Fixie enthusiasts believe that riding fixed wheel bicycles is a more pure form of riding because it you have a better feel of the bike and the road because the pedals are always moving and you have no gears or brakes. In Sydney, people often ride single speeds to keep fit because they get a better work out as there are no gears to help them up hills. However many people are attracted to fixies because they are very simple bikes, thus they are easy to build or buy, cheap to maintain and have a simple and clean design which makes them look great.